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Roadside weeds

By xwang
Not much to say about the object, there are just weeds along the road. I took the photo at -1stop at first place,but brightened up later...
Thank you all very much for your kind help on my previous photo.It seems that I have problem with light, all my photos are a bit dark. I hope this one is not too dark. All comments and criticisms are very welcome.Thank you.
SettingsS1/5000;F3.5;ISO200;Focal length18mm.

Tags: General Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

Voters: OliPackwood, malc_c, banehawi and 14 more

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malc_c 11 2 167 England
12 Nov 2010 5:43PM
Xiaoli, As you are asking for 'comments and criticisms' you can probably already guess what I am going to say...

It's a pity that one of the seed heads breaks the edge of the frame, and I would have removed the leaning telegraph poles and roofs. I'd have darkened and/or cropped the road which is a bright area at the edge of the frame too. Also, it's not particularly evident at this scale but the focus on the closer seed head is quite soft.

However, it's a nicely captured sky which lights the seed pods really well. Perhaps a closer image of that alone would work well too, as the light is so nice.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
12 Nov 2010 5:55PM
One of your best shots ever!

All you need to do is remove that odd visual cue on the bottom right, - try cloning in some sky for example to cover the road, buildings and post.

xwang 9 56 8
12 Nov 2010 6:03PM
Thank you very much Malcom for your very helpful comment.It is pity that one of the seed head breaks the frame. I thought the only soluation was to extend the canvas.I'm really sorry,I was being lazy againSmile, instead, I mirrored it,made it slightly more comfortable than the other way roundGrin.Also, I should sharpen the soft one.The only things I did on this photo were mirror and brighten up.Maybe I brightened it too much..
Thank you very much again, and my very best wishes to you.
xwang 9 56 8
12 Nov 2010 6:09PM
Thank you very much Willie for your helpful comment again.Obviously I have over done it this time. I brightened it too much. The darker versions ( I tried two) don't show the road at all. Ah,when you mentioned clone, I just remembered that I cloned off a bit branches on the left(original right).I didn't know what to do about the road and the post.I wasn't sure if I shoud show the location of the weeds and the angle that I took the photo.
I know nowSmile, I'm glad to put it on and so pleased to have your helpful comment.
My very best wishes to you,too.
luckybry 8 3 Scotland
12 Nov 2010 9:13PM
a grt image of such a simple subject how many have passed roadside weeds and never attempted a image i for one have grt work
brownbear 8 2 England
12 Nov 2010 9:52PM
Strangely enough I quite like the leaning posts, as already said most people would have passed by without even noticing. Refreshingly different.
xwang 9 56 8
12 Nov 2010 10:34PM
Thank you Bryan for your kind comment.It was exactly what I thought when I first noticed them.They are everywhere,nobody gives a glance of them, I even don't know their name, but they are 'determinded' to stand out of the 'crowd',and I thought it had its own beauty against the sky. The only pity is as Malc said the seed heads break the frame, but I couldn't move futher,I would have fallen into the ditchGrin
Thank you Geoff,I can understand that you like the posts,because I was not sure about them, either.I didn't take it at horizzonal angle. I thought that the sky looked more interesting in this way.
Thank you all very much, I do appreciate all your helpful advices very much.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
13 Nov 2010 12:13AM
nice lowllight capture ,diferent angle.
Ray42 10 3 England
13 Nov 2010 8:13AM
Simple and very effective - like the lowlight
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
13 Nov 2010 2:59PM
I really do like this, you've even made weeds look pretty good!
Nikola 7 1 India
14 Nov 2010 4:43AM
Nice low light capture.
tashi 7 2
14 Nov 2010 9:04AM
Simple but effective. It's a nice low light capture.
And now coming to your problem ... may I share my little experience? Well, no need to worry about not getting the first time. All one needs to do is snap as many shots as possible and from different angles ...... later you'll definitely find you've captured some great shots.
In the meantime one slowly gets to learn more and more .... thanks to photosites like EPZ.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
14 Nov 2010 11:55AM
I personally like the shot as I always like to see photographers who experiment with using different types of expressing them selves with the camera.

Also as photography is a visual art and should not be governed by "rules" .

MickS 13 23 14 England
21 Nov 2010 2:47PM
Watcha Xiaoli,
an interesting composition, slightly spoiled by the right hand side plant (looks like hogweed) breaking the frame, perhaps clone part of it out away from the edge, the two bits that are touching the edge can be taken away and will look like broken stems, don't crop it out because the tension created by the diagonal composition is excellent. You do need to use a tripod, especially in low light, this is soft all over. Try and make a virtue of that by selectively applying areas of lens blur in layers.
25 Nov 2010 8:49AM
I note some interesting and helpful crits here but for me the most important point is that you have captured out of a very simple day to day object an arresting semiabstract, I do think it is a pity that the weed breaks the frame on the right but I am not too concerned about the distractions of the leaning poles and the road - they add a certain tension to the shot . Well done. A

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